Edna Fernandes - writer and Journalist on India

Indian Summer Literary Festival on terror threat

On 31 July, I joined a panel of speakers at the Indian Summer Literary Festival in Somerset which kicked off with a discussion on Afghanistan and the terror threat emanating from the wider South Asia region. The discussion, chaired by historian Charles Allen (author of the must-read “God’s Terrorists”), was led by General Sir Michael Rose, LSE Professor Emeritus Lord Meghnad Desai and author Pankaj Mishra. The result was a sobre and chilling insight into the regional threat the Taliban poses as well as the spread of their ideology beyond the Indo Af-Pak region and even as far as Britain itself. The day’s events included discussions with authors Kishwar Desai on her new thriller and Nancy Shields giving an entertaining presentation on English society lady Henrietta Clive’s journey around India in the 1790s, with readings from the “Four Weddings” actress Anna Chancellor. The event was organised by Lady Theresa Waugh for the Gardners’ Memorial School Trust in India.

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